Mum phoned about the mysterious autism appointment. It turned out it’s not for her. For a moment it looked like they had moved my second appointment, but it’s not that either. It doesn’t seem to have been booked properly at all, they just sent a reminder for a non-existent appointment! So, nothing to worry about there. NHS incompetence, etc.

On a related note, I heard today from a friend who is also in the midst of an autism assessment; hers has been very different to mine. I can think of a few reasons why that might be the case, as he life situation is rather different.

I overslept again today, although burnout was at least expected after my first day in my new job yesterday. I struggled to get up, get going and to do anything. I feel exhausted and frustrated today, frustrated by how tired I get and the diminished life I have a result of losing time sleeping and doing things slowly. Still, given that I don’t seem to be able to change it, I need to adapt to it, or at least not to beat myself up for not managing to do more. I’m slowly getting better at that, I think (or hope).

I didn’t get a chance to work on my novel today or to go for a run, and I wonder how I will juggle work, writing, religious obligations, dating (in a lockdown), exercise and family obligations in the coming weeks. Certainly I feel overwhelmed today. It’s also problematic that I often get a migraine after running, which means I want to leave it until the end of the day, but at the moment sunset is around 4pm, which is not the end of the day. This leaves me with a choice of either potentially losing a lot of time after an early run if I do get a migraine or having to run in the dark. The area around here is safe, but I do worry about slipping, particularly at this time of year with lots of wet leaves on the pavements, or about being hit by a car when crossing roads.

I did manage to go for a half hour walk. I would have liked to have gone for a longer one, but I was too tired, had too much to do and the weather was not great. Mum cut my hair afterwards. Then I cooked dinner – macaroni cheese, one of my easy stand-by recipes for days when I’m short of time or energy. I listened to a half-hour shiur (religious class) while doing that, simply as a way of getting some Torah study done today. This was because I knew I also needed to write most of my devar Torah for the week today as tomorrow is very busy and I’m now working on Thursdays. Fortunately, I knew what I wanted to say and didn’t have to research much, although I did find one very useful article that added some depth. Still, it does all take time.

I was feeling rather depressed and a bit anxious earlier. I think the activity of the afternoon/evening has distracted me from those feelings somewhat, which I suppose indicates that they were not clinical depression and anxiety. I just hope I cope over the coming weeks as I get used to working again and as we move into the heart of winter.

9 thoughts on “Humdrum

  1. The weather, the news, the virus, politics–it’s been a very hard and discouraging fall so far. Even my generally sunny nature has taken a beating. Adjusting to your job and a new schedule is an added layer of stress. Stress and anxiety are tiring emotions.

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  2. It seems like the NHS could save themselves (and others) a fair bit of time if they were a bit more on the ball with logistics. It sounds like they have a lot more of those kinds of hiccups than the public system here.

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    1. Interesting. Is the admin side of the Canadian system state-run? Here some ancillary work in the health system (e.g. cleaning hospitals) is contracted out to private companies, but the admin is still state-run.

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      1. Health care is a provincial responsibility, so it varies by province. Where I am, it’s broken up into regional health authorities that administer services, with some contracting out of cleaning and dietary services in hospitals. GPs and specialists who aren’t working in a health authority service operate independently and do their own admin, but bill the provincial health plan for services.

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        1. Interesting. Here the idea of the state-run monopoly health provider is so entrenched that most people don’t realise there are other models other than either the NHS or the American-style fully private service.

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          1. That’s unfortunate. From what I read online around the time of the election there, it sounded like a lot of people were strongly in favour of the NHS as public-pay, but didn’t realize there are multiple ways to go about it.

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